New Essay

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“For many Palestinians, the permission to narrate one’s own stories in their own words has been at the root of struggle and survival, as important as delineating a physical space for existence” – Deema Shehabi, Zaina Alsous, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha.

Hi friends,

I have a personal essay up on Literary Hub titled “Against Erasure.” You can check it out here. This last week, I helped contribute to a folio of Palestinian-American writers to respond to Nakba, or Day of Catastrophe, which marks the 70 year anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.  Please consider reading the folio, which you can find here.

Thank you to the following people for contributing and putting the folio together: Deema Shehabi, Zaina Alsous, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Tariq Luthun, Jessica Abughattas, Deema Shehabi, Summer Farah, Hala Alyan,George Abraham, Susan Abulhawa, Leila Abdelrazaq, Marguerite Dabaie, and Lit Hub for publishing the folio.

Summer!

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Diary of a Filthy Woman cookies from my launch party on Friday, April 20. Sweet Mary’s Bakery surprised me with these! Buy my chapbook here

It’s finally SUMMER and I’ve officially completed year 1/3 of my MFA in poetry! I’m so thankful for my fellow NEOMFA classmates for their feedback, love, and friendship this year. It was really great to be surrounded by an amazing group of poets and professors.

This summer, I’m headed to Juniper Summer Writing Institute from June 17-24. I’m super excited to be working with Dorothea Lasky and meeting other writers.

Aside from this, I’ll be doing another poem-a-day starting next week and (hopefully) sending some poems out to journals this Friday. This process always makes me anxious, but there’s some pieces I’m looking forward to sharing with the world.

30743639_10212141259830179_1390501147386651961_nMost recently, I’ve been reading manuscripts for The University of Akron Press. The Akron Poetry Prize is open until June 15, so please send us your beautiful words!

I’m finally free to read books not assigned to me, so that’s what I’ll be doing this summer. Reading like hell. I’ve got a stack of books I bought at AWP that I haven’t been able to crack open. Also tons of recommendations from classmates/professors I need to catch up on.

Look for my interview about Diary of a Filthy Woman on Frontier Poetry later this month.

Until next time . . .

~ Noor

Happy National Poetry Month!

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Happy National Poetry Month!

The Akron Poetry Prize opens up for manuscript submissions on April 15! Mary Biddinger & I read over 600 manuscripts last year. Make us read 1,000 this year Diane Seuss is the final judge! The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his, her, or their book.

You can submit your work here.

This month, I’ll be having a release party for DIARY OF A FILTHY WOMAN. Check out the event here. Fellow NEOMFA friends Bronte Billings, Sony Ton-Aime, and Bonné de Blas will be reading alongside me.

Bonné and I will also be heading to Case Western University to read at the HEARING THE SILENCE event (flyer attached) on Friday, April 6. We’re both super excited!

Hope everyone has a great National Poetry Month!

#AWP18

29104174_10211851542467426_5137896030020493710_n#AWP18 was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who made the magic happen through panels & readings & great books & friendship! I was really happy to be able to buy excellent books, as well as sell some new titles for The University of Akron Press!

I’m excited to read the books I bought. Check out the photos below of my AWP adventures.

A few people asked me if I had DIARY OF A FILTHY WOMAN to sell. I didn’t have copies, but you can pre-order it here by selecting mine from the drop-down menu.

See you next year in Portland! 🙂

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Pre-order Link for Diary of a Filthy Woman

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Happy AWP week! I’m so excited to be in Tampa in a few days. You can come say hi to me at The University of Akron Press, table T504, where I’ll be selling our FOUR new poetry titles! You can check them out here.

Aside from this, you can now pre-order Diary of a Filthy Woman by clicking here and selecting my micro-chap from the dropdown menu 🙂 Big thanks to Nicci Mechler for giving these poems home, and to Mary Biddinger, George Abraham, and Leila Chatti for blurbing it! You can read (or hear me read) one of the poems from the chapbook over at the new Ohio issue of Glass Poetry.

See you in a few days!

~ Noor

 

Cover and blurbs are in!

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Hey friends!

The blurbs for Diary of a Filthy Woman, forthcoming from Porkbelly Press, are in! It’s been an exciting week finalizing the cover and receiving the blurbs for my micro-chapbook. This is real now! Is this real? [Internally screaming!]

Big thanks to Mary Biddinger, George Abraham, and Leila Chatti for spending some time with the poems and writing the kindest words. And to Cleveland based artist Tanya Gonzalez for designing the cover.

Check out the blurbs below:

“I know freedom as the heavy//hum of the air whipping/past my ears.” So begins this provocative, fiery collection of poems by Noor Hindi. For Filthy Woman, freedom is a heaviness and a rush, laden with the thrill of desire, the threat of shame, and the potential for self-invention through language. These poems snarl and buck; they dare you to look. – Leila Chatti

The world is a mess. Clearly we need a new heroine. Not Moll Flanders or even Lady Lazarus, but the remarkable protagonist of Noor Hindi’s Diary of a Filthy Woman. This is no coy literary adventurer of yesteryear, but a harrowing voice of wisdom, resistance, and vulnerability. The heroine we need, the one who urges us to embrace our ragged edges, speaks to empower those on the margins and in the crosshairs. “I stuff sunflowers into my mouth hoping / to be as delicate as their petals // rather than the hazardous waste that I am,” begins “Filthy Woman Just Wants to Be Beautiful.” And yet it’s the act of consumption that becomes the ultimate vehicle for beauty in this collection, steeped in Ohio landscape and roiling with tensions of identity and desire. With Diary of a Filthy Woman Hindi has distinguished herself among emerging poets, creating a vibrant persona with the power to “make a bonfire out of want.” – Mary Biddinger

In Diary of a Filthy Woman, the body is holy in existence & contradiction: in want, in prayer, in the filth it’s assigned & the filth it transcends. Here, internalized shame is dissected, conquered, and reclaimed; here, Hindi confronts the conversations we run from. Palestinians & Arabs need Hindi’s voice. As the West silences & rewrites Palestinian narratives, Hindi’s chapbook screams loudly to take back this stolen space. Hindi writes, “I am a filthy Immigrant//I take your jobs/ beware the way// I sink my knees/ into a dusty prayer// rug and wish you a happy Ramadan.” To call these poems “timely” is to reduce them to their interaction with a world that wants us dead, when in truth, Noor Hindi is a voice we have always needed. This chapbook is not small or tiny; this work is so much bigger than all of us can even imagine. – George Abraham, author of the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019)

Aside from all of this madness, Spring 2018 is underway at the NEOMFA. I’ve been spending some time with Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, the new issue of Bennington Review, and POETRY magazine. Lately, I’m looking forward to AWP and helping The University of Akron Press at table T504. Come visit us. We’ll have beautiful buttons and FOUR new poetry collections by Emilia Phillips, Anne Barngrover, Anne Barngrover, and Emily Rosko!

I’ll also be seeing CAConrad at Cleveland State University on Thursday, which I’m hoping will jumpstart my creativity again. I’ve been slow moving when it comes to writing poems lately, and generally feeling uninspired.

Anyway, see y’all at AWP in three weeks. It’s going to be a blast.

I Survived the First Semester of my MFA

drtmntbvoaelbalHey there! Guess what? I’m alive. I haven’t updated my blog for over a month, and for a while there I wasn’t sure that the semester would ever end! But winter break is finally here, which means lots of snow and reading and journaling and (hopefully) sending poems out. For the past week, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on the first semester of my MFA in poetry. This past fall, I took a workshop class, a Poetry of the Body class, and a practicum class (for teaching English Composition).

Here’s a list of stuff I learned this semester:

  • Teaching is terrifying and fun and heartbreaking and shitty and also oddly rewarding? I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. In a lot of ways, I wish someone would have told me that so much of teaching is about failure. There were a lot of days I didn’t feel prepared or remotely qualified. So much of my teaching process this semester was trial and error. I had to be okay with not doing everything perfectly. My students were patient when I stumbled. I tried to be patient when they stumbled. I learned that I couldn’t be everything to everyone. My people pleasing habits flew out the window within the first month because trying to get all of my students to like me was a battle I wasn’t going to win. There were teaching days that felt like a dumpster fire, but then there were days where I loved teaching and my students were really getting it and I felt like I was making a difference. Those days made everything worth it.
  • Because I hadn’t taken a workshop class in over a year, I must have forgotten how weird workshopping poems is. You sit in complete silence while everyone talks about you like you’re not in the room. Wtf, lol? While workshopping my poems, I spent the majority of the time a nervous and sweaty mess. Also, everything is funny when I’m nervous, so I kept trying not to break out in laughter in the middle of us discussing a poem I’d written about death. I’m not sure at what point workshopping will become easier, but I hope that comes soon.
  • Grad school is hard work. There were weeks I didn’t feel like writing poems and there were a lot of moments I questioned my decision to pursue my MFA. I spent a lot of time writing poems despite feeling shitty about my writing. This forced me to make writing a daily habit and use writing to push past the doubt and fear in my head. I’ve decided that you have to be fucking crazy to be in an MFA program, which is probably why I’m in it.

All of this being said, I feel really grateful to be in the program. My writing is changing and the classes are giving me the structure needed for me to experiment with my poetry and see what happens. I’m meeting a lot of people who are just as insane and weird as I am. Poetry will always feel like home.

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This winter break, I’m challenging myself by writing a poem a day. I’m excited to send some work out in a few weeks. I’ll also be doing a ton of reading (book list pictured above). Lastly, I’m putting together the finishing touches of Diary of a Filthy Woman, which will be out next year with Porkbelly Press. Tanya Gonzalez (pictured on the left), a Cleveland-based artist, is designing the cover, and I’m looking forward to that project becoming a reality.

I’ll update NPP again soon! Thanks for reading! 🙂

Noor Hindi